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H.R. 2464: End the Cycle of Violence Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of May 1, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2464

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 1, 2019

(for himself and Ms. Kuster of New Hampshire) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a grant program supporting trauma centers with violence intervention and violence prevention programs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the End the Cycle of Violence Act of 2019.

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Grant program supporting trauma centers with violence intervention and violence prevention programs

Part P of title III of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 280g et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

399V–7.

Grant program supporting trauma centers with violence intervention and violence prevention programs

(a)

Authority established

(1)

In general

Not later than 9 months after the date of enactment of the End the Cycle of Violence Act of 2019, the Secretary shall award 10 grants to eligible entities for the purpose of carrying out the activities described in subsection (c).

(2)

Grant amount

The amount of each of the grants awarded under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year shall be equal to the amount that is 10 percent of the total amount made available for grants under this section for such fiscal year.

(3)

Grant duration

Each grant awarded under paragraph (1) shall be for a period of three years.

(4)

Supplement not supplant

A grant awarded under paragraph (1) to an eligible entity shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, any other funds provided to such entity for carrying out the activities described in subsection (c).

(b)

Eligible entities

To be eligible to receive a grant under subsection (a)(1), an entity shall—

(1)

either be—

(A)

a State-designated trauma center, or a trauma center verified by the American College of Surgeons, that conducts a violence intervention or violence prevention program; or

(B)

a nonprofit entity that conducts a program described in subparagraph (A) in cooperation with a trauma center described in such subparagraph; and

(2)

submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(c)

Use of grant funds

An entity that receives a grant under subsection (a)(1) shall use the grant funds to conduct or expand research on the effectiveness of violence prevention efforts in reducing the incidence of re-injury and re-incarceration caused by intentional violent trauma, excluding intimate partner violence.

(d)

Reports

(1)

Reports to Secretary

(A)

In general

An entity that receives a grant under subsection (a)(1) shall submit reports on the use of the grant funds to the Secretary, including progress reports, as required by the Secretary. Such reports shall include—

(i)

any findings of research conducted, or expanded, by the entity under subsection (c); and

(ii)

if applicable, the manner in which the entity has incorporated such findings in the violence intervention or violence prevention program conducted by such entity.

(B)

Option for joint report

To the extent feasible and appropriate, an entity that receives a grant under subsection (a)(1) may elect to coordinate with one or more other entities that have received such a grant to submit a joint report that meets the requirements of subparagraph (A).

(2)

Report to Congress

Not later than six years after the date of enactment of the End the Cycle of Violence Act of 2019, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report—

(A)

on any findings resulting from reports submitted to the Secretary under paragraph (1);

(B)

on best practices developed by the Secretary under subsection (e); and

(C)

with recommendations for legislative action relating to intentional violent trauma prevention that the Secretary determines appropriate.

(e)

Best practices

Not later than six years after the date of enactment of the End the Cycle of Violence Act of 2019, the Secretary shall—

(1)

develop, and post on a public website of the Department of Health and Human Services, best practices for intentional violent trauma prevention, based on any findings reported to the Secretary under subsection (d)(1); and

(2)

disseminate such best practices to stakeholders, as determined appropriate by the Secretary.

(f)

Authorization of appropriations

To carry out this section, there is authorized to be appropriated $7,500,000 for the period of fiscal years 2020 through 2023.

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